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White House Correspondent To Speak At Museum

For Release: May 17, 2005
College Station, TX -

From George Washington’s retreat at Mount Vernon to George W. Bush’s Crawford ranch, from FDR’s Hyde Park to JFK's retreat at Hyannisport, almost every president has had a beloved place where he could relax and be himself. Based on interviews with four of the living presidents, as well as scores of officials and staff, author Kenneth Walsh wrote From Mount Vernon to Crawford: A History of Presidents and Their Retreats, a fascinating glimpse into this largely unexamined facet of American government.

The Bush Museum Issues Forum at the George bush Presidential library and Museum will host Kenneth Walsh on May 20, 2005 to speak about his book From Mount Vernon to Crawford: A History of Presidents and Their Retreats. In his previous book, Air Force One, Walsh looked at presidential history from the unusual and illuminating vantage point of the presidents' planes. Now he focuses on the various retreats where our commanders-in-chief have gone to escape the hustle and bustle of Washington, chronicling the important decisions that were made and the historic events that have occurred at them. Moreover, he describes what these sites reveal about the characters of the presidents and the times in which they lived. Kenneth T. Walsh has covered the White House since 1986 and has won the two most prestigious honors for reporting on the presidency. He is also the former president of the White House Correspondents' Association. The author of three books, he has served as adjunct professor of communication at American University in Washington, D.C., and often appears on TV and radio as a commentator. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Bush Museum Issues Forum strives to present leading experts in their respective fields. The forum also provides a vehicle in which the local community can be engaged in discussion concerning topics and issues that face our nation. In the past, the Museum Issues Forum has addressed a wide variety of topics including terrorism, LBJ, Central Europe, and the role of intelligence in national security.

This free event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum Orientation Theater. A books signing and reception will follow. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are recommended. For more information, or to make reservations, call Amanda Urrutia at 979-691-4015.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas 77845
Telephone: (979) 691-4000 | Facsimile: (979) 691-4050 | TTY: (979) 691-4091